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Still wounded from Parker's one-night stand, Buffy seeks solace from the company of four intellectual students who frequent the pub Xander has begun working in. Joining them in beer, Buffy soon drowns her sorrows, but finds herself in a devolved state while her new drinking buddies are thrown back even further down the evolutionary scale. In the meantime, Willow, noticing Oz's fixation on a female singer, decides to confront Parker.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x5
Production Number: 4ABB05
Airdate: Tuesday November 02nd, 1999
Network: WB

Director: David Solomon
Writer: Tracey Forbes


  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Marc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Recurring
Adam Kaufman
As Parker Abrams
Recurring
Paige Moss
As Veruca
Recurring
Lindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh
Recurring
Steven Porter
As Jack (credited as Stephen M. Porter)

Co-Guest Stars
Bryan Cuprill
As Roy
Recurring
Kal Penn
As Hunt
Patrick Belton
As College Kid #1
Kaycee Shank
As College Kid #2
Steven Jang
As College Kid #3
Kate Luhr
As Young Woman

Uncredited
Heath Castor
As Student
Recurring
Michael Beardsley
As UC Sunnydale Student
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Seth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.3/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

Joss Whedon indirectly states that this was the one bad episode of the series, in the letter he wrote fans which was included with the Chosen Collection DVD Box.

This episode scored a 3.5 in the national rating.

Ranked 96 out of 142 prime time shows.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AshI'm Gonna Fall 
CollapsisWonderland 
Kim FerronNothing But You 
Lauren ChristyPerfect Again 
Lucious Jackson (featuring Emmylou Harris)Ladyfingers 
Paul TrudeauPeople Will Talk 
Paul TrudeauI Can't Wait 
Paul TrudeauIt Feels Like I'm Dying 
SmileThe Best Years 
THCOverfire 


Episode Quotes
(after seeing Xander's fake ID)
Willow: I don't believe this is entirely on the up and up.
Xander: What gives it away?
Willow: Looking at it.

Willow: I'm pregnant by my step-brother who'd rather be with my best friend and who's left me with no place to live, no food, except for this bottle of Wild Turkey, which I drank all up.

Giles: I can't believe you served Buffy that beer.
Xander: I didn't know it was evil.
Giles: You knew it was beer.
Xander: Well, excuse me Mister "I spent the sixties in an Electric Kool-Aid Satan Groove".
Giles: It was the early seventies and you should know better.

Willow: Just how gullible do you think I am? I mean, with your gentle eyes and your shy smile and your ability to talk openly only to me. You're unbelievable!
Parker: What?
Willow: This isn't sharing. This isn't connecting. It's the pleasure principle. That's right. I got your number, id boy. Only thing you're thinking about is how long before you can jump on my bones.
Parker: Look, if you think that I'm --
Willow: I mean, you men. It's all about the sex! Find a woman, drag her to your den. Do whatever's necessary just as long as you get the sex. I tell you, men haven't changed since the dawn of time.
(cavemen burst in towing girls)
Willow: See?

Xander: Giles, don't make cave-Slayer unhappy.

Xander: And was there a lesson in all this, huh? What did we learn about beer?
Buffy: Foamy.
Xander: Good. Just as long as that's clear.

Xander: Anyways, I think that the boys in the car are contained for the time being. This will give them some time to ponder the geopolitical ramifications of being mean to me!
Giles: Uh, whose van is that?
Xander: I don't know. Wasn't locked.

Parker: Buffy. Buffy, I dunno how to say this. I'm sorry for how I treated you before. It was wrong of me and... I'm sorry. You were great tonight, really. I may not deserve this, but... do you think that you could forgive me?
(Buffy wacks him with a club, knocking him out)



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorNancy Forner
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerRichard Gershman
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
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